“Catfish Alley” deserves this Blues Trail marker for its legendary reputation as the epicenter of blues, jazz, and soul music in North Mississippi. Located in the region that produced famed musicians like Howlin’ Wolf and Big Joe Williams, Catfish Alley successfully attracted national music acts including B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Little Richard, Bobby Bland, Louis Armstrong, and James Brown. Among other early blues guitarists based in Columbus were Otto Virgial, Robert Blewett, Tom Turner, and Bukka White.
These notable blues musicians have all contributed to the rich history that has earned Columbus a highlight position on the Mississippi Blues Trail.